Dear Stephen King: The Storm Provides

Normally I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can.  Today, I’m writing to Stephen King. Just because I can.

Dear Stephen King,

Have you seen The Good Dinosaur? It’s not a horror movie but there are some scary parts in it. Like when the birds swoop down after the storm and start talking about the storm, repeating “The storm provides,” over and over again. See the clip below if you’re not familiar with the movie.

Anyway, my almost four-year-old loves this movie and last night, while watching the scene shown above, he came up to me and said, “Mommy, the storm provides.” Normally this would have been adorable but when he said it, his voice sounded like the creepy kid from The Shining.

The thing is, Mr. King, I’m moderately disturbed that my four-year-old keeps saying “the storm provides” using the voice from the creepy kid in The Shining.

His behavior makes me wonder if perhaps I’ve made some bad parenting decisions.  For example, the other day both of my kids got into the books on my bookshelf.  My son was playing with one of my death investigation books that filled with frightening/traumatizing death scene photos no one should ever see. So, I took the book from him and handed him the first book within my reach. As fate would have it, the book was IT – one of your many bestsellers.

Mr. King, I have to be honest, I have no idea where I was going with this letter.  But this whole situation makes me wonder about the fate of my child.  Will he grow up to be the evil genius his father and I always hoped he’d become? Or will he grow up with a frightening fascination with clowns and spend his days running around the sewer systems yelling, “The Storm Provides!” and “We all float down here.”

Your guess is as good as mine.


A. Marie

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